October 20, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 89 Review: Kershaw and the Dodgers Beat the Nats

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 41,426  as the result of a dominant performance by All-Star starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw struck out 14 batters — a season high for him and the most strike outs at Nats Park by an opposing team since 2005 — to give the Dodgers the win. He threw 101 pitches and 73 strikes in eight scoreless innings pitched and gave up three hits.

The pitching dominance exhibited by the Dodgers along with their productive offense left the Nats bats mostly dormant and Nats starting pitcher Doug Fister in a rough place.

Fister threw 91 pitches and 58 strikes in five innings of work. He gave up nine hits and four runs while striking out one, walking two (one intentionally), and hitting a batter.  [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 98 Review: Dodgers complete the sweep, holding Nats to just 4 hits in 9-2 loss

If the Washington Nationals wanted to see firsthand what a turnaround team looks like, they needed to look only as far as their opposing dugout as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep in the Nats’ 3-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

The game many hoped would feature a top-notch pitcher’s duel between Jordan Zimmermann and Clayton Kershaw turned out to be a complete bust for Natstown. Zimmermann lasted just two innings, during which he surrendered a whopping seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs. He struck out just one batter and threw 39 of 58 pitches for strikes.

All but Jayson Werth proved powerless from the batter’s box. Through seven innings, Werth had the Nationals only two hits of the game – both of which were solo home runs off the otherwise untouchable Kershaw. Kurt Suzuki and Chad Tracy accounted for the other two hits of the night, both of which were singles. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 39 Review: Clayton Kershaw tosses 132 pitches to shut down Nats

Dan Haren (L, 4-4) was sharp for the better part of seven innings, but Clayton Kershaw (W, 4-2) made it his day to shine, holding the Washington Nationals (21-18) to just five hits and one walk in 8.2 innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ (16-22) 2-0 win Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw reached the 1,000-inning mark, making it official that he now boasts the best ERA (2.70) among starters with 1,000 or more innings pitched in the Live Ball Era. Kershaw struck out 11 batters and reached a career-high 132 pitches against a Nats lineup that featured a very different outfield from the norm. [Read more…]

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